The Showstopper Dessert of the Holiday Season


WINNIPEG, MB. – Every year, there is always one hero recipe that leaves your guests craving for more. This holiday, whip up this rich and delicious brioche pudding that features a soft and buttery sweet loaf made in France that is hand-braided before baking for European-style flavour and flair.

“Toasting the brioche in the oven is a key step to the recipe. It helps to dry out the bread, which makes it even better at soaking up the custard for a moist, cake-like texture,” shares Tom Filippou, executive chef for President’s Choice Cooking School. “To make this more indulgent, serve it with vanilla bean ice cream or freshly whipped cream and garnish with a sprinkling of dark chocolate shavings.”

Chocolate Orange Brioche Bread Pudding

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Cool time: 20 minutes

Serves: 12


( 1 loaf PC brioche loaf, cut into 1-inch cubes

( 8 large eggs

( 1 1/4 cups homogenized milk

( 1 cup 35% whipping cream

( 1/2 cup granulated sugar

( 1/4 cup packed brown sugar

( 1 tbsp grated orange zest

( 1/4 cup fresh orange juice

( 1 tbsp orange-flavoured liqueur

( 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

( 1/2 tsp cinnamon

( 1/2 tsp salt

( 1 pkg PC dark chocolate with candied orange peel, finely chopped

( 2 tbsp PC pure orange marmalade

( 1 1/2 tsp water


1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Spread brioche in single layer on parchment paper-lined large baking sheet. Bake, stirring once, until golden; about 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, whisk together eggs, milk, cream, granulated sugar, brown sugar, orange zest, orange juice, liqueur, vanilla, cinnamon and salt in large bowl until well combined.

3. Spread a third of the brioche in bottom of a 9-cup (2.25 litre) casserole dish and sprinkle with a third of the chocolate. Repeat layers twice with remaining brioche and chocolate. Pour egg mixture over top, gently pressing down on brioche mixture to moisten.

4. Cover with foil; bake 35 minutes. Uncover, bake until puffed, golden brown and set in centre, about 30 to 35 minutes, covering with foil if top begins to overbrown.

5. Stir together marmalade and water in small bowl; brush on bread pudding. Let cool 20 minutes.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 270, fat 15 g (8 g of which is saturated), sodium 190 mg, carbohydrates 27 g, fibre 1 g, sugars 21 g, protein 7 g. for The Manitoba Post

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